Synopsis:

An elusive “coordinator,” vague formulas that calculate “survival capacity”, warehouses cramped with rotting goods, and donkeys dressed up as zebras – all take part in the mosaic that sketches a surreal reality in which evil and stupidity merge. Director David Ofek takes the viewer on a journey to the absurd front of the Israeli “blockade on Gaza”, revealing the consequences of a policy that limits the flow of goods into Gaza. This is the story of the merchandise itself – kiwis, fresh meat, toys, shoes, notebooks, canned food – goods that have been purchased, stored, expired, spoiled, and ultimately, destroyed. It is an ironic observation – sometimes comic, always tragic – that exposes the thin line Israel draws between bare necessities and luxuries. 

Technical:

54min., Israel 2011, Hebrew with English subtitles, Color, Digital Beta

Director: David Ofek

Cinematographer: Dror Lebendiger, Hen Lasker

Screenwriter: David Ofek

Editor: Noit Geva

Producers: Elinor Kowarsky, Edna Kowarsky

Official Selection – Cinema South Film Festival, Israel 2011

In Competition – Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel 2011

  • MAKOR Foundation for Israeli Films
  • YES DBS, Israel

David Ofek Graduate of the Jerusalem Film School 1989-1993. 2008 Director of “The Tale of Nikolai & the Law of Return” Wolgin award for Best Documentary – Jerusalem Film Festival “Input” conference – Warsaw 2006 Director of “Melanoma my Love” (113 min, 35 mm) Israeli academy award for best drama Rotterdam and Montreal world film festival – Official selection Seoul Drama Awards – Final nominee Director of the documentary “A Hebrew Lesson” (124 min, Beta) Best director and Best editing – Jerusalem film festival 2006 Israeli academy award for best documentary series. Opening film New York Jewish Film Festival 2003 Director of the documentary “No. 17” (76 min, Beta) Best Film – DocAviv (Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival) Best Documentary – Israeli Academy Awards Special Jury Award – Hot Docs International Film Festival 2004 International Press Award – Chicago Documentary Film Festival Best Documentary – Syracuse International Film Festival Amsterdam Documentary festival (IDFA) New directors/new films – New York “Input” conference – Denmark 2002 Director and scriptwriter of debut feature film “The Barbecue People” (103 min, 35 mm) Silver Ombú for Best Screenplay – Mar del Plata Film Festival, Argentina Best Dramatic Film – Dahlonega Film Festival, Atlanta Best Film – Washington Independent Film Festival Participated in over 25 international festivals, including Sao-Paulo, Istanbul, Hamburg 2000 Creator of series “Take-Away” for Israeli cable TV and director of four episodes Nominated for Best Series – Israeli Academy Awards 1999 Director of documentary “5 Love Stories” (58 min, Beta) Best Film – Doc-Aviv 2000 Best Documentary – Israeli Film Festival, US Co-producer of documentary “Martin” by Ra’anan Alexandrovitz Wolgin award for Best Documentary – Jerusalem Film Festival Director of documentary “Spanish Orchard in America” for Israel’s Channel 2 Jerusalem film festival – The Jewish spirit 1995-7 Director of the three seasons of “Bat-Yam New-York” Best Television Drama – Israeli Academy Awards Participated in “Input” conference 1994 Student director of graduation film “Home” (17 min, 16 mm) Volgin Prize for Best Short Film – Jerusalem Film Festival First Prize in Short Film Competition – Edinburgh International Festival First Prize – Oberhausen Festival, Germany Best Israeli Film – International Students’ Festival, Tel Aviv First Prize – Israeli Film Festival, US Special jury Award – San Francisco Festival Participated in 50 festivals including New York and London 1992 Student director of “Hi-teq Dreams” (28 min, Beta) Volgin Prize for Best Short Film – Jerusalem Festival 1993 Israeli Cinema Institute Prize for best Documentary, 1993 Best documentary at the school graduation ceremony Participated in the London Festival